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China On Blocking Masood Azhar's Ban: Need more time to study matter

China On Blocking Masood Azhar's Ban: Need more time to study matter

On Wednesday, China was the only Security Council member to oppose the proposal spearheaded with renewed vigour by France with British and United States backing at the al-Qaeda sanctions committee to declare him a global terrorist and impose sanctions on him. This is the fourth instance that a proposal has been moved against Azhar in the United Nations since the Pathankot Attack in 2016.

One of the many charities Azhar operated was described by the US Treasury Department as "one of the primary relief agencies that al-Qaida used to move supplies" in Afghanistan.

In 2017, China had blocked Indian attempt to place the JeM chief on the global terrorist list on grounds that New Delhi had failed to provide any substantial evidence.

The hold can last up to nine months, after which China can use its veto power to formally block/terminate the proposal.

Thereby quashing India's bid to brand Azhar a global terrorist.

However, Azhar has been the redline for Beijing and as it has for a decade protected him.

As per reports, Azhar founded JeM in 1999 and financially supported the terrorist outfit.

Qatar says US, Taliban make progress in marathon talks
Tens of thousands of members of the Afghan security forces and an unknown number of insurgents have also been killed. The Afghan government, which was not involved in the Doha negotiations, said it was pleased with the progress made.

JeM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks including the 2001 Parliament attack, Pathankote attack and the Pulwama terror attack.

In a tweet, Bolton said, "Met with Indian FS Gokhale to advance progress on the U.S. -India strategic partnership & our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific, as well as reiterate that the U.S. stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism".

Beijing had always demonstrated responsibility, and it had been in contact with the parties on the resolution and always taken an appropriate stance, a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said. "I don't know that can be counted as an evidence".

She said, "Why did the Pakistani military attack us on behalf of JeM?"

That, however, is not how Beijing sees it, and as its close strategic ties with Pakistan develop even closer economic bonds, the stakes have only grown higher. "We hope relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability".

The government said it was grateful for the efforts of the member states who moved the designation proposal and the unprecedented number of all security council members as well as non-members who joined as co-sponsors.

Hitting out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi's earlier tweet over JeM chief Masood Azhar's blocked listing, the Bharatiya Janata Party blamed Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister and Rahul Gandhi's great grandfather for the situation. "It shouldn't have to come to that", a Security Council diplomat told PTI in an unusual tough warning to China. If a UNSC member objects, the move ends.


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